There was a time when the RX series from Mazda was cool. The RX-7 followed a revolution started by Mazda and its commitment to rotary power plants many years ago, but when the RX-8 came out, despite its beautiful looks and its suicide doors, there was something really missing. Power.
With only 177kW (and 221Nm of torque) of power to play with, the RX-8 was never feared on the road. For those who opted for the Automatic, power was dropped to 141kW. Although the 0-100km/hr time came in at a respectable 6.1 seconds (for both models). The RX-8 was still missing one thing. Power.
But don't get excited, that intro isn't meant to lead into this special edition Mazda RX-8 Turbo charged. There are many aftermarket kits available to Turbo charge your RX-8 and for those looking for some power, it is a worthwhile option.
So this is the new Mazda RX-8 Kuro, there will only be 250 vehicles sold and it will only be available in the UK, and as the name suggests (Kuri = Black in Japanese) all 250 will be .. in black.
There will be no power upgrade, only a revised interior as well as minor changes to its head and tail lights. The interior comes with
- beige-grey leather treatment,
- a new leather steering wheel and piano-black and silver highlights
- an optional DVD navigation system.
- Cruisematic speed control
- Bose sound system with nine loudspeakers.
Apart from the updated interior, you can make sure everyone knows you have a Kuro thanks to the silver chrome backing found in the head and tail lights and of course, unique Kuro style 18in alloy wheels. The car is selling for $83,000 AUD in the UK.